BCGP seeks more funding for regional trail network

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Nov 10, 2013 08:42 PM EST

The Bicyle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP) asked for funding to continue building regional trails in Philadelphia. This was according to a report published by CBS Philly.

The William Penn Foundation previously granted the BCGP USD10 million for the project but it already expired. The groups that make up 'The Circuit Coalition' are now trying to tap other resources to continue their grand plan for a regional train network that would run for 750 miles. This project would span across five counties in Philadelphia and four in South Jersey, the report said.

Sarah Clark Stuart, policy director at BCGP, said: "We would like the board of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRCP) to consider putting a very, very small portion - .2 percent - of their capital funds into this dedicated trail fund."

The BCGP requested the DVRPC to set aside about USD3 million a year for its trail project. The amount would be taken from the USD1.4 billion from Philadelphia's yearly budget for highways and mass transit.

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